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Winter Build Off 2019 - SB Bass VI

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by 2groggy, Dec 22, 2018.


  1. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Because the Bass VI conversion neck from another project has been donated, I am going to build myself a real neck (and attach it to a body).
    1. SG body made of walnut
    2. bolt on 30" scale, snakehead headstock
    3. two humbuckers in a typical Gibby format
    I am going to try to get the bodies for both of my builds out of the same piece of walnut (2" x 12" x 60"). Once the templates are made, I'll see what can be done. I will still have to post a pile of wood picture for the neck blank and fingerboard.

    Here's the POW pic for the body
    Mashup POW for 2groggy.jpg
     
  2. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    I made the template and now need advice on making the body blanks for this and my other build.

    The question and pictures are in the other thread here.
     
  3. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    The body construction question is resolved. This body will have a single join down the centre line. I'm busy on a household project for the weekend, so you won't see progress for a few days.

    Now the next question...
    I will be left with a solid piece of walnut 5" x 2" x 40". Should I...
    1. split it to 5 x 1 and use one piece to make a neck with a fingerboard from a separate piece?
    2. make a one piece neck with a skunk stripe?
    3. save it for a future body and make a 2 piece neck from other lumber?
    4. other options?
     
  4. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    I've decided on option 1 because I can get at least two necks from that piece. I've made the neck template and will post pictures in a couple of days,

    Now I need to start on the half blind dovetails for the drawers for the... sorry, that's for the project getting in the way of my two builds.
     
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  5. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
  6. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
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  7. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Actually @Beej, I had already flipped the slab on the right over and re-drawn the outline before your post - I wanted to avoid a void The better pattern of the flame is a bonus. I'm going to wait on getting the neck done before laying out exactly where I want and don't want to chamber before gluing and cutting.

    I rough cut the neck shape, and slotted the ash fingerboard. I have some 1/8" purpleheart from my dad's old hobby supplies, so I cut a bunch of plugs for the FB dots. They are glued in place. I will radius the FB in the next day or so.
     
  8. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Neck outline routed.

    ash fingerboard with fret slots and purpleheart dots, all radius to 12".

    I just realized that I didn't take a "piece of wood" picture of the surplus piece of ash tongue and groove floorboard. I have several similar pieces. Shall I fake the POW shot, just like the moon landing?


    Edit - BTW, In what order to I assemble this neck? I'm guessing...
    1) rout truss rod slot
    2) insert truss rod and glue up finger board
    3) rout edges of FB to neck
    4) cut down headstock to thickness
    5) shape back
    6) frets
    7) finish
    As always, I will flagrantly steal better ideas.
     
  9. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    I crossed the first two of the above steps off of the list

    Forgive the lack of a clamp-porn picture, but I only used eight clamps, and that leaves me that sinking feeling of inadequacy that one gets if they unroll a condom to its' full length.
     
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  10. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Is there an award for the last entry to glue up the body blank? Business travel and other projects have been slamming me for the last few weeks.
    I took a few minutes before dinner to hog out a few cavities to lighten up the body and glue it up, only to have Ellert1 (spouse of 2groggy) sneak into the man-cave and exclaim "You aren't even working on the drawers!?!". BUSTED... So it seems that the SG Bass VI is back on the back burner. I'm giving gNat's Bass VI Toby higher priority, though.
     
  11. Gonna follow this, as I'm planning to do a thunderbird bass VI myself...
     
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  12. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    This build stalled because I concentrated my efforts on a different bass VI build for my daughter. When I got back to it, I found the neck bowed so badly that the truss rod couldn't straighten it. I'll probably finish it off with a pre-built Bass VI conversion neck that I currently have on a really cheap S-type.

    BTW, since the last picture, I cut and routed the outline. I had a bad bit of tear-out that I had to plug.

    It's been eight months. The glue should be dry by now.;)
     
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  13. 2groggy

    2groggy

    Jan 17, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Just checking inventory in advance of the 2020 Special Edition Build Off...

    I have everything except a fingerboard blank. I'll have to dive in to my late dad's model building supplies to see what I can find. Failing that, we have some extra ash flooring that I can plane down.

    I might even have some matching walnut for the neck, allowing me to save the flamed maple.

    I'll need to disassemble the original badly bowed neck that had to rescue the truss rod.

    I'm ready to go.
     
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